10 Things We Learned from the Big 12 in Week 10
With another Saturday in the books, it's now time to pour over the results and figure out what we learned. Kansas State avoided a prime time upset with a big win over OK State, while Oklahoma rebounded against an inferior Iowa State team. TCU barely took out West Virginia and Texas Tech fell to Texas resulting in their second straight loss.
Yes, there was plenty of action in the Big 12 yesterday and there was plenty to take from it as well.
TCU Is in Good Hands with Freshman QB Trevone Boykin
Gary Patterson's teams are normally equipped with solid defenses and a smart quarterback who can make plays and, most importantly, take care of the football.
Things were in doubt when a freshman was forced to start this season, but any speculation has been completely thrown out the door with Trevone Boykin. The freshman QB has steadily improved as a passer and is always a threat to make plays with his feet.
Lately, Boykin has become more of the solution as opposed to the question and if he can continue his play, TCU could be very dangerous.
West Virginia's Defense Is Pathetic
Week in and week out, West Virginia's defense continues to get gashed and give up a ton of points. The Mountaineers always look completely lost on the defensive side of the ball and really have no business out on the field half the time.
Even with a late lead and an offense pinned way back in their own territory, this defense couldn't keep TCU out of the endzone and were the reason for a third consecutive loss after beginning the season 5-0.
Texas Tech Isn't Quite as Good as We Thought
After a serious thumping over WVU a few weeks ago, Texas Tech shot up the polls and many expected them to be one of the best teams in the Big 12.
Fast forward a few weeks later and that win over the Mountaineers isn't nearly as impressive as it was and Tech really hasn't beaten another quality opponent. They've been owned by Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas this season and besides a decent WVU team, they really have no other quality win.
The Red Raiders may be a solid team, but they certainly aren't a threat to any of the top dogs in that conference.
Texas Is Holding Their Own
Despite dropping two tough games to Oklahoma and West Virginia, Texas is holding their own and making that future matchup between them and KSU more and more appealing.
The Longhorns have been a bit of a mystery this season but it is clear that they are not rolling over for anyone in that conference. Texas Tech may not be as good as we previously thought, but they're still a solid team that Texas handled well.
If Texas can continue this play, they might give Klein and company a run for their money in a few weeks.
Mike Davis Can Make Some Big Plays
Speaking of Texas, their wide receiver, Mike Davis, is a big play waiting to happen. The junior wide out had just four receptions but for 165 yards and two touchdowns. One of Davis' touchdowns was a 75 yard explosion that boosted his Longhorn team passed a solid Texas Tech team.
Clearly, it doesn't matter how much you touch the football just what you do with it when you finally get your hands on it.
West Virginia Wasn't Quite Ready for the Big 12
After exploding to a 5-0 start, many people believed that West Virginia would threaten for a Big 12 championship in their first year in the conference.
Well, after three straight losses to three of the better teams in the Big 12, it is clear that the Mountaineers aren't quite ready.
It's no secret that the Big East is one of the weakest BCS conferences in college football, and it looks as if it may be a year or two before the Mountaineers can truly find themselves in the mix for a conference championship.
Oklahoma Is Still One of the Best Teams in the Big 12
After a rough loss to the Fighting Irish two weeks ago, the Sooners could have easily laid an egg against a decent Iowa State team yesterday. Instead, Oklahoma rushed out to an early lead and easily handled the Cyclones behind four touchdowns from Landry.
With the exception of Kansas State, no other Big 12 team has been as consistent as the Sooners and they have confirmed their position as the second best team in this conference.
Oklahoma State Needs Their Defense to Step Up in Big Games
Oklahoma State has yet to notch a big time win this season and I think I know their problem. Their offense brings it week in and week out, but against better opponents like Kansas State, Texas and Arizona, the Cowboys' defense has been gashed.
This team's offense is solid but giving up overwhelming point totals like 44, 41 and 59 make beating solid opponents almost impossible.
If the Cowboys are going to do anything through the rougher part of their schedule, their defense better figure out how to stop a nosebleed.
Kansas State Is the Best Team in the Conference by Far
Each week, this Kansas State team is doubted and each week they deliver with an emphatic answer. The Wildcats are solid all around and behind Colin Klein, their offense is almost automatic.
KSU still has tough games at TCU and against Texas, but so far they have passed every test presented in front of them with flying colors. It's hard not to love everything this squad is doing in 2012. Considering how great they looked yet again this past Saturday, they are easily the best team in this conference, hands down.
Colin Klein Is the Heisman Frontrunner
Colin Klein has been everything we look for in a Heisman candidate. The guy has put up great stats all year both with his arm, as well as his feet. He's led his team to an undefeated record and he has shown up in every big game his squad has played in.
Yet again, Klein ran the show against a solid Oklahoma State and only solidified his already existing frontrunner status.
At this point, it's almost his trophy to lose.